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More furry clips! This time, two featuring the ringtailed lemurs of the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and their extravagantly lengthy monochromatic tails, and two starring the adorable raccoons of Singapore Zoo. (Given the rather modest transfer limit - 250MB per day - provided by the ISP, I'm now using the Coral distribution network for all the video files. That shouldn't ever be a problem again. ^_^)

Would you buy this helmet?

Hm! Seems Adult Swim will be airing the noteworthy Paranoia Agent sometime in the summer. Presumably dubbed, but, as Cowboy Bebop shows, Pioneer's been able to turn out some remarkably decent English versions in the past few years. (As opposed to, say, the nerve-squeezing dub for Tenchi. That said, I was positively tickled by the British fan-dub for one of the Nuku Nuku episodes..) And jainasia might like to hear they've also acquired episodes 1-167 of Inuyasha.

And, to swipe a phrase, from the Baffling Vaults of Antiquity™, two British TV ads from the 80s: a new (to me) good quality copy of one of the Cadbury Bunny spots (2.6MB AVI), featuring a beaver and a pair of disgruntled squirrels, and robo-workout time in an ad for Smash instant mashed potato (1.8MB AVI).

A good weblog for aspiring animators and general animation lovers: Cold Hard Flash, with interviews, reviews, and general pontifications on the state of Flash-based TV production. (New there is an interview with the animator behind the Shoebox Cards short)

huskyteer pointed out this particularly geeky shirt. ^_^

rabitguy kindly pointed out a furry OS X game: Lugaru, "is a third-person action title. The main character, Turner, is an anthropomorphic rebel bunny rabbit with impressive combat skills. In his quest to find those responsible for slaughtering his village, he uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy involving the corrupt leaders of the rabbit republic and the starving wolves from a nearby den. Turner takes it upon himself to fight against their plot and save his fellow rabbits from slavery." Pleasantly, it'll run well on slightly older systems too.

I was just idly wondering.. for twilight wildlife photography - are there any (non-professional price range) digital cameras which make a point of being IR-sensitive, or otherwise especially good in low light? Obviously, larger CCDs help, but also tends to bump the cost up considerably, as anyone who's priced 0.5" 3-CCD camcorders can attest.

Some quite good OS X software for media conversion and transfer to a PSP.. (MacBidouille notes that ffmpegX 0.0.9s has just added PSP encoding support)

At the Prelinger Archives, I noticed that, below the erstwhile Duck and Cover at number 1, is the quite wonderfully titled Perversion for Profit (Part I). (Like all their offerings, it's available in a range of open formats, from MPEG-1 to MPEG-4) It's apparently a 1965 "anti-pornography film produced by financier Charles Keating, linking pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline of Western civilization", from the Citizens for Decent Literature, of Cincinnati. I'm not even going to comment on the top five popular categories being "Pornography, Sex education, Sex education, Sex education, and Sexualities"..

Now to catch up on the past two days of LiveJournal! ^_^;
 
 
 
 
 
 
I take a lot of pix in very low light and I've never liked the IR thing since it's essentially monochrome and makes things look unnatural.

My solution wsa the Canon S30. I had the chance to get it or the S40 and I chose it even though it has lower resolution because it is one of the few consumer grade digital camera rated to ASA 800. The manual mode allows fast adjustment of aperture and exposure time with one thumbrocker control.

But since most CCD cameras are fairly sensitive to IR.. I should see if it can 'see' IR at all.. It might be possible to enhance a picture at high ASA with an IR flood...

I'll let you know. :)
Not being a photographer, aside from very casually, I'm nonetheless impressed by a digital body rated to that sensitivity. I could see that camera being a rich source of experimentation and, thereby, inspiration. It's a pity that SLR-style exchangeable lenses still seem to be kept only for the upper end models, though that does appear to be creeping down into the more affordable units as well - the zoom on most of the lower end ones tends to be fairly modest, given I'm quite liable to make full use of the 12x on the camcorder. (Of course, there's also the option of simply cropping a high res image, which isn't really sensible with a DV maximum of 720x480 or 720x576, though slightly moreso with an HD camera)

rcoony has/had some rather good photographic experiments up on his journal a few months back, using b&w film plus an IR filter.. definitely does give quite a dreamlike quality to the images. Of course, that's picking up IR passively, not via artificial nighttime illumination, but still well worth a look, if the images are indeed still up.

Be sure to post some of your photographic handiwork! Even if, as I gather, the wild red panda population near you is very low. ^_^ (If we can ever be truly deemed "wild" :)
I have this 'thing' about taking pictures of back alley ways at night. :) A werewolf thing I suspect. :) I like to take pictures of the wrong side of buildings - the front is the facade - the part you're supposed to see... but the back is the part no one looks and it's often far more interesting. :)